Original artwork SOLD!

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This cute little guy has been sold down at East West Gallery. He’s a one off original like all of the fabulous Planet j9 mosaics.
Do check out East West Organics in Portage Road New Lynn Auckland, where you will find some more great mosaics. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the website for new original art works.


The way you make me feel ….

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” said Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It doesn’t matter what it’s called … it’s more about what it is. And so it is, with this piece that I’m struggling to name… the title would never convey for me what it means or what it feels. Antique china rose, pastel pinks, delicate vintage jewellery. It’s all about capturing the essence of femininity & that delicious light feeling of all that is pink rose and pearl trinkets, light hearted love and girliness … Rose by any other name 005

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

My interpretation of the Queen of Hearts… but who is she really? She’s one of the four Queens in a deck of cards and there are various theories who she may be .. Catherine of Aragon wife of Henry VIII? Elizabeth Tudor consort of Henry VII? According to the Tarot, she is the Queen of Cups, a loving mother and a loyal friend. She appears in a well known nursery rhyme, baking tarts which a cheeky Knave steals. In the Alice in Wonderland version, she doesn’t suffer fools and utters her famous “off with their heads”. There have been songs written about her & movies made bearing her name.


This little guy I nicknamed “Bugalugs”. He was created for local exhibition of art made from recycled materials.
“Bugalugs” is Australian slang which loosely refers to either a mischievous young child or a mate.
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Mellow Yellow

Finding more yellow pieces of antique china to put aside for the new project …

The yellow bowl is Crown Ducal.

Crown Ducal was a brand name for AG Richardson & Co Stoke on Trent, manufactured sometime between 1915 and 1934

The small dish is Carlton Ware, a famous Stoke on Trent based pottery manufacturer. The company is best remembered for its often rather garish tableware, often in the form of highly decorated leaves or fruit, and the ceramic toucans it made as promotional items for Guinness.  It reached its artistic high-point with superb hand-painted domestic pottery in high art deco styles during the 1920s and 1930. (Source Wikipedia)

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Sunflowers make me happy :)

This beautiful sunflower design plate is going to be dismantled and rebuilt in my next project. What is it about the sunflower that makes us feel so happy? Is it the bold colour, the fact that they stand tall and proud in the garden always looking upward to the sun? I love them.

This plate was hand painted in the Philippines for Andrew Hawley Ltd.

Andrew Hawley Limited is a family owned business. The company was established in New Zealand in 1947, after Andrew returned from war service. The family connections with the tableware industry date back to the 1720’s in Yorkshire, England ref Andrew Hawley Ltd

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Time to get busy .. the holiday is over!

Planet j9 has been very quiet over the holiday period, enjoying the sun sea and summer time fun.

Now it’s time to get back into the studio and get creative again!

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“Fetish” – any object activity etc to which one is excessively devoted

This is according to the Collins shorter English dictionary … so one could say I have a “fetish” for mosaic … this little sculpture deviates from my signature female forms .. but it was snapped up within minutes at an open exhibition held by Auckland East Arts group, earning “Highly Commended” for its originality ..